Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 - Toronto

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 21:20 to Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 08:20

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The Eighth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
March 5 - 11, 2012

We are very proud to announce our full list of confirmed speakers along
with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2012. Mark your calendars with
the different topics for each evening and speakers.

A complete list of speakers and events is available at:

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MONDAY, March 5th
Anti-Apartheid Frequencies
Full day of radio programming on York University's CHRY 105.5fm
Noon-9:00 PM
Listen live at

MONDAY, March 5th
Film Screening: Jaffa: the Orange's Clockwork
A film by Eyal Sivan
4:30 - 6:30 PM 
Location: York University, Chancellor's Room, Student Centre

Jaffa: the Orange's Clockwork narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as "Jaffa oranges". What was once a commune industry to Arabs and Jews in Palestine, the orange came to symbolize the loss of the Palestinian homeland and its destruction.

MONDAY, March 5th
Israeli Apartheid Week endorses No Mining on Sacred Lands!  KI Speaks Out Against God's Lake Resources and McGuinty Government
6:30 PM
Location: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

God's Lake Resources Inc., a mining exploration company, is threatening to re-enter the Homeland of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation this month to resume exploring on sacred burial grounds. KI has told God's Lake Resources that they are not welcome on their Homeland. Ontario has refused to step in and stop the exploration and KI is calling for public support and mobilization, particularly in Toronto and Southern Ontario.

As part of this broader mobilization, the Toronto KI Support Group, CUPE 3902, OPIRG U of T, the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union, Earthroots, Mining Watch Canada, and Council of Canadians are organizing a speaking event on March 5, 2012 at the Steelworkers' Hall at 25 Cecil Street in Toronto.  At these events KI leaders will speak to the public about the situation they are facing with God's Lake Resources Inc. and about KI’s bold vision for their homeland and environment.

For more information about how you can help build this mobilization, please check out the Toronto KI Support Network's facebook page at and KI's website,

TUESDAY, March 6th 
Israeli Apartheid Week endorses Rally and March with KI
12:30 PM  (N.B. Come early at 11:30 to participate in the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network actions
Location: 255 Front St. W.

TUESDAY, March 6th
Workshop on Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) at York University
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: York University, Chancellor's Room, Student Centre
Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York

TUESDAY, March 6th
Economic Mappings of Apartheid

Speakers: Dalit Baum, Justin Podur and Eva Bartlett
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre, Room 1050, 5 Bancroft Ave.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG-Toronto
*This event is wheelchair accessible

Dalit Baum Ph.D., is a co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last five years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher in Israel, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli universities. As a feminist/ queer activist, she has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democratization movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black.      

Justin Podur is a Toronto-based writer and editor. He writes on political conflicts and social movements, primarily for Z Communications ( He has reported from Palestine, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Pakistan, and India. He is the author of the upcoming book Haiti's New Dictatorship: From the Overthrow of Aristide to the 2010 Earthquake (Pluto Press 2012). He is also contributor to Empire's Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy and the War in Afghanistan (University of Toronto Press 2012) and Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press 2008). His blog is

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian activist and freelance journalist who has spent long periods in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and reporting from the ground.  In November 2008, Eva sailed with the Free Gaza Movement boat from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip where she joined the ISM in accompanying fishermen in Palestinian waters and farmers in the border regions. During the 2008-2009 Israeli massacre of Gaza, Eva and other ISM members joined Palestinian medics in their ambulances, documenting the victims of Israel's massacre, including Palestinian medics and rescuers.  From November 2008 until June 2010, Eva continued this work, also writing for the Electronic Intifada, IPS news, the Dominion, and various independent media, as well as maintaining her blog, In Gaza.  She returned to Gaza in May 2011 to see little change or improvement in Palestinians' living conditions. During her recent few months in Gaza, Eva witnessed the resurgence of Israeli bombings, which of course never made the corporate media.  Her website is and her earlier reports were at

WEDNESDAY, March 7th
Women`s Resistance: From the Uprisings, to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Speakers: Deena Gamil, Nahla Abdo, and Monira Kitmitto
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location:  York University, York University, Chemistry Building, Rm 121
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - York

Deena Gamil is a journalist, writer, revolutionary socialist activist and leading figure in the Socialist Popular Alliance Party. She works as a reporter, a radio and TV producer and an editor at various press and media institutions like Al-Alam al-Youm economic daily newspaper, Rose al-Youssef weekly magazine and the BBC. She is currently the editor of the home section at Al-Shuruq daily newspaper.  Deena is a founding member of the largest leftist party in Egypt – the Socialist Popular Alliance Party. She has participated in various fronts and coalitions such as Kefaya and the Popular Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising. Deena has a Masters in sociology from the American University in Cairo (AUC). 

Nahla Abdo is a Arab feminist activist and Professor of Sociology at Carlton University. Nahla is interested in understating the dynamics between gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality and the state. More specifically, her work has focused on issue such as: gender, sexuality and the State in the Middle East; the dynamics between feminism(s) and nationalism(s); the gendered East/West; and resistance and challenges from the field.

Monira Kitmitto  is a Palestinian activist and member of CAIA who has recently returned from traveling around the Middle East. Monira will be discussing the way in which the developments of the ‘Arab Spring’ are impacting Palestine solidarity efforts. She has worked in Palestinian refugee camps Lebanon and was an active member in the Union of Palestinian Women.

THURSDAY, March 8th
Film Screening: Izkor: Slaves of Memory 
A film by Eyal Sivan
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Oakham House, Thomas Lounge (on 1st floor), 63 Gould St.
Hosted by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) - Ryerson,  and Students Against Israeli Apartheid

IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.

“IZKOR,” means "remember" in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country's past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds.

FRIDAY, March 9th
Cutting the Ties to Israeli Apartheid: Cultural and Academic Boycott 
Speakers: Remi Kanazi, Mary-Jo Nadeau, and Richard Fung
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. West
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - a working group of OPIRG-Toronto 
*This event is wheelchair accessible 

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop.

Mary-Jo Nadeau is a researcher/writer, and contract lecturer at University of Toronto Mississauga.  She is a co-founder of Faculty for Palestine (F4P) and is active in the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA).

Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. His work investigates topics ranging from colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS and to his own family history and experiences with diaspora. Richard is a public intellectual who has pushed forward the debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy borderlands of culture and politics.

SATURDAY, March 10th
A People’s Interrogation of Law and Human Rights
Speakers: Frank Barat, and Faisal Bhabha
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Library Building, Room 72, 350 Victoria St. 
Hosted by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) - Ryerson, and Students Against Israeli Apartheid 

Frank Barat is a Human Rights activist based in London. He is the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a popular tribunal created in 2009 to expose and examine Israel's impunity in regards to its treatment of the Palestinian People. He has edited two books; 'Gaza in Crisis' with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, and 'Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation' with Asa Winstanley. He has also participated in the book 'Is there a court for Gaza?' with Daniel Machover. He writes for Counterpunch, Al Jazeera English, The Electronic Intifada, The New Internationalist, the Palestine Chronicle, Ceasefire Magazine and other publications. He has often travelled to Palestine/Israel.

Faisal Bhabha has researched and published in the areas of human rights, equality, multiculturalism, national security and access to justice. Previously, he sat as Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and carried on a varied public and private law practice, appearing before administrative boards and tribunals and at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also advised or represented numerous public interest organizations and NGOs in matters related to constitutional law and human rights. Professor Bhabha’s perspective on legal research and education is global. He has spent time living and working abroad, including advocating for human rights in the Middle East, and researching comparative discrimination law in South Africa. Professor Bhabha’s current research focuses on diversity in legal education and in the legal profession. He has served as a member of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been involved in a number of local and international initiatives concerning justice and development.


with poet Remi Kanazi, Red Slam and Chand-nee
at the Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave.
Doors open at 7:00 PM
$10 - $20, sliding scale**

Join us in celebrating our final night of IAW 2012.

An evening of music and poetry in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

Red Slam is a hiphopsoulrock fusion band whose music uplifts, self-identifies and promotes unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). The group is comprised of young poets, songwriters, rappers, musicians, composers, and vocalists, breakers and graf artists. The Red Slam Movement started back in the fall of 2008 after a 12 week Slam Poetry Workshop series facilitated by Mahlikah Awe:ri at the On-U Youth Program, located at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. In 2009 with support from the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy fund and the OAC Access & Career Development Grant the collective began professional development recording workshops with award winning recording artists Digging Roots. In 2010 with support from OAC Word of Mouth Travel Grant, Red Slam began the DissemiNation Tour performing live in cities across Ontario and Quebec.

2011 Red Slam featured at the NXNE Music Festival, the Home and Native Sound Music Series and Manifesto Urban Arts Festival; Red Slam Collective also provides Urban Arts Workshops in slam poetry; collective rap compositions and recording; graffiti arts and break dancing to children, youth and intergenerational communities in both urban and rural settings.Red Slam's first recording project is due for release this year.

Chand-nee is an artist, activist-scholar. She has been involved in community organizing locally and globally around issues of justice and equity for a number of years. Her southern African roots motivated her anti-apartheid activism and brought her to organize with Students Against Israeli Apartheid. Politics and music inspired her academic work on Palestinian hip hop and spoken word as a modality of youth cultural resistance. 

**Tickets available in advance, at all IAW events

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About IAW 2012

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, 97 cities around the world participated in the week's activities.  In Toronto, IAW 2011 featured a full week of events, featuring keynote speaker, Judith Butler.

Endorsers of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 so far: 
Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students, Canada Palestine Association, Caribbean Studies Students' Union (U of T), The Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto, The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University, Common Cause, Community Solidarity Network, Conference of the United Church of Canada, Educators for Peace and Justice, Equity Studies Students' Union, Faculty for Palestine, Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) - Toronto, Health Studies Students' Union- Toronto, The Holy Land Awareness and Action Task Group of SW Presbytery in Toronto, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network - Canada, Independent Jewish Voices - Canada, Labour for Palestine, No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Not in Our Name, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Toronto, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - York, Palestine House Community Centre, The Public Health Social Justice Collective (PH SJC) - Toronto,Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Ryerson Free Press, Socialist Project, Teachers for Palestine, Toronto District, International Socialists, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Toronto New Socialists, UofT Graduate Students' Union Social Justice Committee, Women and Gender Studies Students Union at U of T, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, York University Free Press


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